Wheel of Dhamma

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Pitha
Dhamma Pīṭha, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): Hindi / English / Gujarati

Dhamma Pitha (also known as the Amdavad Vipassana Meditation Centre) means the Centre of dhamma in Pali.  The centre is located at Ranoda village, approximately 35 km from Amdavad and 3 km before the town of Dholka.  There are two Meditation Halls: The larger new hall sits approximately 250 students while the smaller hall can sit roughly 30 students.  The pagoda includes 107 private meditation cells for old students. There are 99 individual rooms with attached bathrooms and hot water facility. Instructions and discourses can be provided in over 40 languages.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information

Ahmedabad Vipassana Centre - Dhamma Pitha
Gurjar Vipassana Kendra 
Village: Ranoda, Ta. Dholka, Ahmedabad
Dist. Amdavad - Gujarat 
India

 Tel: +91 9426 419397
 Tel: +91(2714) 294690

 
Short Courses
1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day courses are short courses for old students.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2019 Short Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 18 May 1-Day Open Ahmedabad For old students
Apply 18 May "Buddha Purnima" One day course Open Ahmedabad For old students
07 Nov - 10 Nov 3-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Nov Ahmedabad For old students
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day and end on the early morning of the last day.
See Comments for any special instructions for events in this section.
2018 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
15 Aug - 26 Aug 10-Day Completed Ahmedabad
29 Aug - 09 Sep 10-Day Completed Ahmedabad
12 Sep - 23 Sep 10-Day In Progress Ahmedabad
Apply 26 Sep - 07 Oct 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 19 Oct - 30 Oct 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 05 Nov - 16 Nov 10-Day Open Ahmedabad Apply after 5 Aug
Apply 25 Nov - 06 Dec 10-Day Open Ahmedabad Apply after 25 Aug
Apply 08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day Open Ahmedabad Apply after 8 Sept
Apply 22 December, 2018 - 02 January, 2019 10-Day Open Ahmedabad Apply after 22 Sept
2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 23 Jan - 03 Feb 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 06 Feb - 17 Feb 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 20 Feb - 03 Mar 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 06 Mar - 17 Mar 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 20 Mar - 31 Mar 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 03 Apr - 14 Apr 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 17 Apr - 28 Apr 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 01 May - 12 May 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 01 May - 12 May 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 22 May - 02 Jun 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 22 May - 02 Jun 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 05 Jun - 16 Jun 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 19 Jun - 30 Jun 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 02 Jul - 13 Jul 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 02 Jul - 13 Jul 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 15 Jul - 15 Aug 30-Day Open Ahmedabad For old students
Apply 21 Aug - 01 Sep 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 04 Sep - 15 Sep 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
Apply 18 Sep - 29 Sep 10-Day Open Ahmedabad
02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Sep Ahmedabad
15 Oct - 23 Oct Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 10 Oct Ahmedabad For old students
25 Oct - 05 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Oct Ahmedabad Diwali
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 08 Nov Ahmedabad
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 Nov Ahmedabad
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 06 Dec Ahmedabad
25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 20 Dec Ahmedabad
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
08 Jan - 19 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Jan Ahmedabad
22 Jan - 02 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Jan Ahmedabad
05 Feb - 16 Feb 10-Day Applications accepted starting 31 Jan Ahmedabad
19 Feb - 01 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 14 Feb Ahmedabad
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.pitha.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.